Hope Valley Reservoir | Nature Trails & Adventure Play

Hope Valley Reservoir

Hope Valley Reservoir in Adelaide’s north east opened to the public for the first time in its 150-year history in 2020.

Located in the heart of Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs, Hope Valley Reservoir was completed in 1873 to become Adelaide’s second reservoir, and is our oldest in operation.  Hope Valley Reservoir is also our smallest reservoir and one of only two in the metropolitan area, the other being Happy Valley which is more than four times larger at 12.6 gigalitres.

Hope Valley’s 4.6km of trails take you across the dam wall, through native vegetation, and around the boundary of the reserve. The unsealed trails are suitable for walking and running, plus there are several picnic tables to stop and enjoy a break.

The nature playground features log climbing scrambles, stepping stones and logs, wooden tepees, balancing logs and a nature play creek bed – combining adventure and nature for a fun day out with the little ones.

There’s plenty of grass to run around on or kick a ball surrounding the nature playground, which offers stunning views over the reservoir towards the hills.

The lookout is on the western side of the reservoir and provides a stunning view.  There is also a chance to learn some of the history behind the reservoir and the Kaurna traditional owners of the region. The dam wall can be accessed via a wheelchair ramp at the southern end of the dam wall, near Lyons Road.

View or download the Hope Valley Reservoir map here

Opening Hours:

  • Open 7.30am – 5pm (standard time)
  • Open 7.30am – 8pm (daylight saving time)
  • Closed on Total Fire Ban Days and for operational activity (gates will be closed)

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Reservoirs SA website

What:  Hope Valley Reservoir – Opening to the Public

When:    From 13 December 2020

Where:   Hope Valley, South Australia (see map)

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Dept Environment & Water


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